PART ONE: PURIFICATION: OUR ENTRANCE INTO THE PRESENCE OF GOD
Confession of Sin
Our response to the reading of the Law and coming into the presence of our Holy God is to kneel before Him and confess our sins. Our prayer posture reflects the type of prayer being offered. Bowing or kneeling is an indication of humility before God. Before we presume to worship God, we must remember the clear teaching of the Word of God: "If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear" (Psalm 66:18). Until we have sincerely confessed our sins before God, our worship will not be acceptable in His sight. Confession of sin in public worship is a corporate prayer—like all the prayers—whether spoken corporately or led by someone else as a representative of the congregation.